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Meet the New Flock of Business Jets

These six fledglings have already left the nest or are just getting ready to spread their wings for the first time.

Given the time and resources it takes to develop and certify a new aircraft, we’re usually treated to only a few new models each year. However, in 2018 the aviation gods have bestowed upon us an embarrassment of riches, with a number of significant new models being delivered this year and a slew of others right around the corner in 2019. And we’re not talking about new trainers or kit planes, these are the cutting edge models from some of the industry’s biggest names, including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Cessna, and others. Given the breadth of options and healthy tax breaks on the table, it’s a good time to be looking for a new bird.

 

 

Pilatus PC-24

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Geek Stats

Category: Light Jet

Max Range: 2,342 Miles (Washington, D.C., To Las Vegas)

Max Cruising Speed: 506 Mph

Fly High: 45,000 Feet

New For: 2018

Price: $8.9 Million

 

Inside Info

Seats: 8

Length: 23′

Width: 5′7′′

Height: 5′1′′

 

Onboard Amenities

The interior was designed in collaboration with BMW Designworks, and it’s clear the firm took cues from SUV design: Passenger seats can be removed or added in minutes, and the aft partition moves so you can enlarge the cabin or the baggage compartment, which can even accommodate two motorbikes, if that’s your thing.

Claim to Fame

Hello, remote wilderness. The Pilatus doesn’t need much runway, and it can land smoothly on unpaved terrain, making it the world’s first SVJ: super versatile jet. Because of this, it can access more than 20,000 airports globally—about twice as many as any other jet.

Why You’ll Love It

Being able to land at more airports means that you can disembark as close as possible to your final destination, perhaps even your own backyard, if you’re set up for that.

 

Cessna Citation Longitude

Cessna Citation Longitude  Photo: courtesy of Textron

Cessna Citation Longitude

 

Geek Stats

Category: Super-Midsize Jet

Max Range: 4,028 Miles (New York To Paris)

Max Cruising Speed: 548 Mph

Fly High: 45,000 Feet

New For: Late 2018

Price: $27 Million

 

Inside Info

Seats: 8

Sleeps: 8

Length: 25′2′′

Width: 5′5′′

Height: 6’

 

Onboard Amenities

The eight seats all fold flat to convert into beds, and the walk-in baggage compartment is accessible in flight. Wireless tech enables passengers to control their environment and entertainment with their mobile devices, and high-speed Internet is standard.

Claim To Fame

Comfort. The plane has the quietest cabin and lowest cabin altitude (which helps you feel refreshed after a flight) in the super-midsize class. It can fly 800 hours or 18 months between scheduled maintenance work, one of the longest intervals in this jet class.

Why You’ll Love It

That quiet cabin—about the same noise level as inside a luxury car on the highway—and those lie-flat seats mean you might actually get some z’s.

Gulfstream G600

Gulfstream G600  Photo: Courtesy Gulfstream/Paul Bowen

Gulfstream G600

 

Geek Stats

Category: Large Jet

Max Range: 7,480 Miles (New York To Dubai)

Max Cruising Speed: 594 Mph

Fly High: 51,000 Feet

New For: 2019

Price: $57.9 Million

 

Inside Info

Seats: 19

Sleeps: 9

Length: 45′2′′

Width: 7′11′′

Height: 6′4′′

 

Onboard Amenities

The cabin can comprise as many as three living areas and can include either an aft or a forward galley. Sumptuous design elements include stone flooring and handwoven rugs, and the 27-inch-wide seats are available in myriad upholstery combinations.

Claim To Fame

The cabin design earned top honors in the private-jet design category at the 2018 International Yacht & Aviation Awards. It included a mirrored mid-cabin bulkhead, oak veneer, and stylishly perforated and quilted seats.

Why You’ll Love It

The plane’s 10 cabin-space options can include a full shower, the holy grail of in-flight luxury.

 

Bombardier Global 7500

Bombardier Global 7500  Photo: courtesy of Bombardier

Bombardier Global 7500

 

Geek Stats

Category: Ultralong-Range Jet

Max Range: 8,861 Miles (Los Angeles To Dubai)

Max Cruising Speed: 691 Mph

Fly High: 51,000 Feet

New For: Late 2018

Price: $72.8 Million

 

Inside Info

Seats: 19

Sleeps: 11

Length: 54′5′′

Width: 8′

Height: 6′2′′

 

Onboard Amenities

Four distinct, customizable living spaces—a club suite, conference area, entertainment lounge, and master suite—allow room to roam, plus there is a kitchen area with dual convection/microwave ovens, a faucet, and cold storage. An aft master suite can be outfitted with a permanent bed and a stand-up shower.

Claim To Fame

It’s the world’s largest and longest-range purpose-built business jet. Its performance even surprised its makers: After test flights earlier this year, the company upped the jet’s max range by 345 miles.

Why You’ll Love It

Aside from its home-away-from-home comforts, the huge Global 7500 is agile enough to access airports that require a steep descent and takeoff, such as the conveniently located London City Airport.

 

Bombardier Global 6500

Bombardier Global 6500  Photo: courtesy Bombarider

Bombardier Global 6500

 

Geek Stats

Category: Large Jet

Max Range: 7,595 Miles (New York To New Delhi)

Max Cruising Speed: 675 Mph

Fly High: 51,000 Feet

New For: 2019

Price: $56 Million

 

 

Inside Info

Seats: 17

Sleeps: 8

Length: 43′3′′

Width: 7′11′′

Height: 6′2′′

 

Onboard Amenities

The high-tech, extra-wide Nuage seating conforms to your body as it reclines and has a floating base and tilting headrest. The cabin’s conference suite can be furnished with a Nuage chaise, which converts into a flat surface for sleeping. Bombardier’s Ka-band high-speed Internet and an ultrahigh-resolution entertainment system come standard.

Claim To Fame

Thanks to its new Rolls-Royce engines, the Global 6500 can fly 690 miles farther than its predecessor, the Global 6000, and reach a higher top speed of 691 mph.

Why You’ll Love It

Even with their performance benefits, the new engines are as much as 13 percent more fuel efficient than their predecessors—easing the weight on your conscience as well as your wallet.

Airbus ACJ 319neo

Airbus ACJ 319neo  Photo: Courtesy of Airbus

Airbus ACJ319NEO

 

Geek Stats

Category: Bizliner Jet

Max Range: 7,770 Miles (Geneva To Manila)

Max Cruising Speed: 560 Mph

Fly High: 41,000 Feet

New For: 2019

Price: $90 Million

 

Inside Info

Seats: 19

Sleeps: Your Call

Length: 78′9′′

Width: 12′1′′

Height: 7′4′′

 

Onboard Amenities

The fully customizable cabin can include a round table for six, a spacious bedroom or bedrooms with a corridor running alongside, and generous bathrooms with showers.

Claim To Fame

Based on the Airbus A319neo airliner, it has the widest and tallest cabin of any bizliner, including the Boeing Business Jet. In its commercial-airliner version, the aircraft accommodates 160 passengers in the same amount of cabin space.

Why You’ll Love It

This is the ultimate flying second home, with nearly 900 square feet of cabin space, which translates to each passenger getting about 47 square feet of their own.

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